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Tokyo set for new rugby stadium

The Japan Sport Council has announced plans to build a new rugby union stadium in central Tokyo.

The new Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium would replace the current venue of the same name, which is owned and operated by the Japan Sport Council.

The current Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, which has a capacity of around 27,000, serves as the headquarters of the Japan Rugby Football Union. The stadium has also been used to stage club competitions and rugby sevens matches.

A group led by Kajima Corporation has been awarded the contract to develop the new stadium, which would have a smaller capacity of around 15,000 for rugby, although this would be expandable to 20,000 for other events. The group, named ‘Scrum for Shin-Chichibunomiya’, was selected as the winning bid from three proposals.

The Japan Sport Council said that the group, which also includes Mitsui Fudosan, Tokyo Dome Corporation and Tokyo Tatemono among others, submitted a bid of 8.1 billion yen (£50.2m/€59.5m/$59.2m), which was the lowest of the three proposals.

The venue would feature stands on three sides, with a large screen to be housed in the remaining side. The new stadium is set to form part of a wider redevelopment of the Meiji Jingu Gaien district, which features the Meiji Jingu Stadium baseball venue.

It is hoped that work on the new Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium can begin in 2024, with the project slated for completion by the end of 2027.

Image: Japan Sport Council